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Live from the D regional: Maple Grove goes back to Glens Falls as Secky passes 2,000

Hello from another great hoop day at Buffalo State. By the end of the day we'll know who is headed to Glens Falls from the Far West Regionals.

DISCLAIMER: I won't be able to answer too many questions because it gets pretty busy here, especially late in games, and especially now that I've got the iPhone video going. Also, please try and limit questions to this game, especially during crunch time. THANKS for your understanding.

Feel free to comment below after the game.

---Keith McShea

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Video: Middle College, Maple Grove star at JCC -- and on PrepTalkTV

PrepTalkTV is in Jamestown as Middle College and Maple Grove win sectional titles.

The video is accessible at the buffalonews.com home page or via our video player page

Reporter/videographer/producer Lauren Mariacher and I will be back to wrap up the rest of the Section VI finals.

Let us know what you think.

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Friday Night Live from JCC: Maple Grove repeats, Middle College romps

JAMESTOWN -- Hello from the Jamestown Community College for one of the best nights of the year, the Section VI Class C and D boys basketball championships. 

Opening tip of the Class D final. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) Updates will come here, so get comfortable with your refresh button. Two stories to write, one video to do, so not enough time to have a live blog going as well. I'll have updates at the very least after each quarter.

5:59 p.m. We've got introductions going on right now. The intimate gym is filling up. Always a great atmosphere here.

One storyline to watch this evening -- Chris Secky, who wears No. 24, is 24 points away from the 2,000-point mark.

6:09 p.m. Sherman calls a timeout with 3:53 left in the first and Maple Grove having taken a 10-3 lead. Secky has seven points, that's 17 to go for 2,000.

6:12 p.m. Maple Grove is up, 10-5, with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter. Secky has picked up his second foul. The second one was a bad call in my opinion; Secky poked the ball by reaching over a player while both were standing on the ground. It  did not appear to be an over the back.

"You really called that?" asks Curt Fischer of the official on the sideline. "You just changed the game completely." Fischer, who can get fired up at officials no matter what the sport, was already hollering at them for the first call on Secky.

6:18 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Maple Grove has a 10-8 lead on Sherman. 

An official came over to Fischer and issued him a warning because he "berated" the other two officials.

6:21 p.m. Sherman coach Cory Emory calls a timeout; Maple Grove leads, 12-8, with 6:50 left in the second quarter.

6:29 p.m. Check this out; Sherman 19, Maple Grove 15 and MG calls a timeout with 1:52 left in the second. 

Things might be evening out. Maple Grove came out of the timeout with six players on the court but got away with it. Sherman bench was outraged.

6:32 p.m. Check THIS out: We are at HALFTIME and Sherman leads Maple Grove, 23-21. 

Maple Grove had retaken the lead at 21-19 thanks to two straight three-pointers by sophomore Skylar Liddell, but Sherman senior Mike Reed came up big at the end of the half. He followed a slick baseline drive with quite the highlight play. Maple Grove had the ball with less than 30 seconds left in the half, but an ill-advised jumper gave Sherman a rebound and Reed came down the right side and let go a one-handed half-scoop, half-fling near the three-point line right in front of me (I'm just to the right of midcourt). The ball banked in at the buzzer(!) and after a brief huddle, the officials ruled it a two-pointer.

I just had a brief huddle with my iPhone, and it was a three. The video shows him taking off from behind both three-point lines here (there's the high school and college lines on the floor). It was an awkward takeoff in which he ended up quite close to the basket, which made the officials -- and me, before I checked the video -- believe it was a two. That's going to happen. Let's hope the one point doesn't come into play later.

Maybe it's just the basketball gods evening things out for Secky's two fouls. He definitely was playing tentative -- and rightly so -- at both ends after picking up two.

Should be quite the second half. Sherman and Reed are playing very well. 

6:47 p.m. Sherman with a timeout after Maple Grove takes a 28-23 lead with 5:20 left in the third quarter. Secky has all seven of Maple Grove's points in the second half. 

6:54 p.m. We have a timeout for blood on the floor with 2:44 left in the third quarter. Maple Grove leads, 28-23. Sherman has yet to score in the third quarter. Secky is six points away from 2,000; Reed is two points away from 1,000.

7:03 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Maple Grove has a 38-25 lead after winning the quarter, 17-2.

7:10 p.m. Sherman calls a timeout after a Liddell follow gives Maple Grove a 42-26 lead with 5:00 to play.

7:12 p.m. Timeout Maple Grove with Sherman having drawn within 42-30 with 3:58 left. 

7:18 p.m. Not a whole lot of scoring going on here, kind of an odd deal since we're on the verge of two milestones. Maple Grove leads, 43-30, with 1:22 left in the game; Maple Grove timeout. 

7:23 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Maple Grove 43, Sherman 32.

Reed got his 1,000th point on two free throws in the final minute. Chris Secky is four short of 2,000 points and should get them next week at Buffalo State in the Far West Regionals. 

7:52 p.m. We are pretty much on schedule here. Class C is about to tip off.

8:02 p.m. First timeout of the game is taken by Cassadaga Valley with OTC Middle College off to an 11-4 start with 2:28 left in the first quarter. 

8:09 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Middle College has a 17-8 lead over Cassadaga Valley thanks to seven straight points by Darale Young. Two unstoppable drives sandwiched a follow of a Justin Stokes fast-break miss. 

8:13 p.m. Another Cassadaga Valley timeout after another Middle College run. Middle College leads, 24-11, wtih 5:40 left in the second. Some great defense being played by the Kats; they are speeding up the game for CV and causing a lot of turnovers. 

8:20 p.m. Middle College calls a timeout with 2:39 left in the second quarter and owning a 31-11 lead. It probably needs the rest because it is playing hard on defense. They are getting ater it big-time. 

8:26 p.m. We are at HALFTIME and Middle College leads Cassadaga Valley, 41-13. The Kats are putting on a show and Darale Young has been just outstanding. His run of scoring earlier was followed by a run in which he had three assists, and late in the half he put on a show with two swished threes and a baseline swished jumper. Davon Alexander had a run of points as he was too much to handle inside. The Kats are just too much in general. 

CV has at least six banners draped around the gym, including "Krush the Kats." Awesome school spirit. They've also got two Cougar mascots walking around. Great stuff. And you can see that CV is a good team, one that I'm probably going to have in my top 10. They have just run into a team that is playing at another speed and another level. 

8:44 p.m. CV calls a timeout with 4:26 left in the third. Middle College has started the quarter with a 9-0 run and leads, 50-13. 

8:55 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Middle College leads, 59-23. Lots of subbing started in the third.

9:03 p.m. The lead is now 70-29 with 3:27 left and Cassadaga Valley has called a timeout. For some reason, Middle College pulled some of its starters a moment ago only to put some starters back in. I don't get it. 

9:17 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Middle College 71, Cassadaga Valley 35.

---Keith McShea

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Wrapping up the Section VI wrestling championships

Here are the Division I and Division II stories from the Section VI wrestling championship. And here are plenty of extras from the Division II meet Saturday night at Niagara County Community College. But first, a couple observations.

1. This was the second straight year NCCC served as host for the event, and it's a great venue. There's plenty of parking, and NCCC coach Eric Knuutilla (one of the nicest men you could ever meet) does a great job having the gym ready. The support staff, including announcers and officials, also do a good job of keeping everything moving as close to on time as possible.

2. Another thank you to Ross Conti, an assistant coach at Fredonia and committee member of the Wrestling Review of Western New York, the group that does such a great job seeding and ranking area wrestlers. Conti is a walking encyclopedia of wrestling knowledge.

112-pound champion Tom Page, Eden: Page moved ahead with a takedown in the second period to defeat teammate eighth-grade teammate Alex Smythe. Here's Page's father, also Tom Page, on what it's like for two teammates to wrestle each other: "It's extremely difficult because they're so familiar with each other's style. It's unfair to both, but some coaches say it's a privilege. I'm proud of both of the athletes, because they've done a fantastic job."

The elder Page said he wrestled both at 112 because they were the best at that weight class and deserved a chance to showcase what they could do at the sectional level. Nothing wrong with that logic.

119-pound champion Kevin Strong, Frewsburg: It's the second trip to states for Strong, who improved to 43-2 on the season. Here he is on his game plan from Saturday: "I was working on holding him down and taking it slow. Once I got my points I was very careful." Strong beat Newfane's David Ciaramella, 9-0.

125-pound champion Emory Rowe, Ripley: The smallest wrestling school in Western New York had two finalists, including one champion in Rowe. He scored a late takedown to earn a 5-3 decision over Jake Baer of Olean, a raw talent in just his third year of wrestling. Here's Rowe on the end of the match: "I was just looking for an opening and I saw him loosen up, so I dove for it and got it."

140-pound champion Devin Kramer, Depew: The Most Outstanding Wrestler of the meet scored three late points to break a 2-2 tie with Ben Haas of Salamanca and win his second sectional title (he won at 130 last year). The 130- and 140-pound divisions are packed with talented wrestlers. Kramer, a senior who is a member of the Cobra Wrestling Academy, is 36-4 on the season.

145-pound champion: Dominic Montesanti, Medina: Montesanti put forth a dominant performance despite being hampered by a knee injury. He's wrestling on a torn meniscus in his right knee. Here he is on competing hurt: "It's been a real bother, but it's my senior so I couldn't get surgery. It would put me out for the rest of the year. I have one last chance to be a state champion, so I have to tough it out."

Montesanti took sixth at the state tournament last year after dislocating his elbow and having to injury forfeit two matches at 140.

171-pound champion John Mistretta, Southwestern: Mistretta beat Greg Burroughs of Fredonia for the third time this season, never the easiest thing to do. Mistretta has a unique style that could make him a tough out at the state tournament.

189-pound champion Colin Palmer, East Aurora: Palmer is unbeaten on the season (24-0) after missing time early due to injury.

215-pound champion Pat Langworthy, Southwestern: Langworthy (33-6), a junior, won a wild weight class. Consider: the seventh seed, Panama's Cody DiDomenico, beat No. 2 Bashar Srouji of Lew-Port in the quarterfinals. Langworthy, the third seed, then beat DiDomenico. On the other side of the bracket, top seed Justin Taylor of Portville was upset by fourth seed Jake Eddington of Gowanda in the semifinals.

285-pound champion Theo King, Roy-Hart: King and 96-pounder Zach Bickle won titles for the Rams. Here's King on what he hopes it means for the Niagara-Orleans League school: "I hope it can inspire more people to come out for the team next year and continue to build the tradition of the program."

That's it for now, although we may have some video later of a few matches (if I can figure out the technology).

---Jay Skurski






Which game should I go to?

When it comes to the biggest and possibly even best day of the boys basketball season, Tuesday just might be it.

There are 47 games on the schedule, which I believe is a season-high. And there are several big ones.

Which leads me to one question:

First of all, the Yale Cup games are eariler, so I should be able to catch at least part of one (maybe two if my pickup hoops game goes short and the first Yale Cup game goes long) before moving on to one of the above prime-time contests.

Grover Cleveland is at Burgard at 4:15 p.m. and East is at McKinley at 5:30. (Note: the Hutch-Tech vs. Middle College game has been moved to 5:30 p.m. today at Hutch-Tech.)

Among the games listed above, there are four major rematches from this year and an intriguing nonleague rematch from last year.

The biggest upset of the season, and one of the biggest of the decade (whether it is last decade or this one :-) ) was North Tonawanda's 64-62 overtime win at Niagara Falls, the first-ever Niagara Frontier League loss for the Wolverines. Falls' first-ever attempt to avenge an NFL loss gets started at 7 p.m.

St. Francis started making noise in the Monsignor Martin Association when it beat Bishop Timon-St. Jude at home, 56-54, on Jan. 20 to start a four-game win streak. The Tigers are coming off a top-notch victory at Canisius while Frannies has stumbled a bit with a loss at Nichols and a home loss to Canisius; tip-off in South Buffalo is 7:30 p.m.

The ECIC III battles between Maryvale and Depew have been outstanding for the last several years -- the Wildcats avenged their only loss of the season by winning at Amherst on Thursday. Back on Jan. 5, Depew won at Maryvale, 42-35. Tonight's battle is at 7:30.

The Niagara-Orleans League race likely rests on the 7 p.m. tipoff of Medina at Wilson. Medina won at home in the teams' first meeting, 62-53, on Jan. 15.

St. Joe's makes its first trip to Maple Grove for a 7:30 tip. Last year the Red Dragons lost at St. Joe's, 79-64. The Marauders are struggling while the Red Dragons and Chris Secky appear to be primed for that Class D playoff run that everyone has been talking about since last year. A very intriguing matchup here.

Other games on the fast-breaking Tuesday include Lockport at Grand Island in the NFL, Orchard Park at Lancaster in ECIC I, Cleveland Hill at Alden in ECIC IV and St. Mary's at Niagara Catholic in a Monsignor Martin small school battle. 

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Part of me wanted to let the voters literally decide where I end up, but due to logistics and some Web work I'll be taking care of with reporter/videographer Lauren Mariacher (stay tuned), I can not completely put my traveling fate in your hands. Not that I don't trust Prep Talk Nation, of course. For instance, the trip to Maple Grove would be great, but the travel time involved would wipe out any possibility of seeing some games beforehand and would also throw a wrench into some significant postgame Web plans we have.

I'd have to say I'm leading to Falls at NT considering the historical impact of the teams' first meeting this year. I thought after NT's home loss to Lockport last week that perhaps the game had lost all of its luster, but then Falls struggled to beat Kenmore West so we're kind of back where we started -- trying to make sense out of the NFL.

But vote early and often (:-) ), and, of course, let me know why in the comments section below. I certainly am looking forward to seeing what the people's choice is.

---Keith McShea

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Vote for the four Section VI wrestling class tournament champions

Boys hoops rescheduled games

A few schedule changes to pass along, including this weekend's United Way Tournament at Jamestown which was snowed out in early December.

Friday's first round is intact, as Maple Grove takes on Section V power Newark (and UB recruit Javon McCrea) at 6 p.m. with Jamestown meeting Fredonia at 7:45. The Saturday pairings have been moved up: the consolation game is at 4:15 with the final following at 6 p.m.

Depew has shuffled some games due to some weather: The Wildcats will host Pioneer on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. as the second half of a boy-girl doubleheader; Depew is at Pioneer on Tuesday, Jan. 26; Depew hosts Springville on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The changes have been reflected in our master schedule.

As the notice states on that file, if there are rescheduled games in any sport, please notify The News at sports@buffnews.com. For boys basketball games, please copy me on the email at kmcshea@buffnews.com.

---Keith McShea

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Jamestown tourney among rescheduled games

Jamestown boys basketball's United Way Tip-Off, which was postponed due to last weekend's snowy and windy weather, has been rescheduled for Jan. 8-9, 2010.

The lineup -- Friday, Jan. 8: Maple Grove vs. V-Newark, 6 p.m.; Fredonia at Jamestown, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9: Consolation, 6 p.m.; championship, 7:30 p.m.

The Orchard Park at Jamestown game, originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010.

OP also rescheduled its game with Hamburg that was snowed out last Thursday -- it will be played Monday, Jan. 11.

Please report any rescheduled games to The News as soon as possible. Email sports@buffnews.com AND kmcshea@buffnews.com. Thanks.

---Keith McShea

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Jamestown hoops tip-off postponed; Cataract Classic games are on

The United Way Tip-Off Basketball Tournament hosted by Jamestown -- which featured an outstanding field of Newark, Maple Grove and Fredonia -- has been postponed after school was canceled today due to the snowy weather in the Southern Tier. According to Jamestown coach and athletic director Ben Drake, the tournament will be rescheduled but perhaps not until January.

All games for this weekend's excellent Cataract Classic at Niagara Falls are still on. See the season schedule here.

---Keith McShea

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Who's going to win the Connolly Cup?

The finalists for the 38th Connolly Cup are:

Lockport sr. RB David Fluellen, Lancaster sr. QB Justin Juda, Grand Island sr. RB Andy LaLonde, Williamsville South jr. QB Joe Licata, Sweet Home sr. QB Pat McMahon, Cassadaga Valley sr. RB/DB B.J. Monacelli, St. Joe's sr. QB/DB Matt Rosenhahn, Maple Grove sr. QB Chris Secky, Iroquois sr. RB/DB Calvin Sluberski and Southwestern sr. QB Zack Sopak.

Tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section below. Also, what do you think of the list? Who's not on the list that should be?

Remember to be RESPECTFUL of ALL of the players because they all had a great seasons.

I'll be keeping my thoughts to myself for now since we are deliberating The News Player of the Year.

The winner will be announced Saturday afternoon shortly after 2 p.m. I'll have the winner posted here and at buffalonews.com as soon as it happens.

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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